Sunday 19th May 2019
The Bulldogs travelled to North East Worcestershire Ravens for the first of 4 Midlands Summer Development Festivals, enjoying the challenge of playing against a number of teams at the U11 age group.
Taking enough to fill their own team roster and compliment another, the young Bulldogs side were made up of 4 Y6s and 8 Y5s, all of whom performed at the top end of their abilities.
The opening game against a huge Notttingham side was a tough first encounter. The very physical nature of the Nottingham Outlaws' opening 5 minutes caused the diminutive Bulldogs all kinds of problems. In losing play-maker Robbie in the opening minutes (and subsequently for the rest of the festival), the Bulldogs had to play their way into the tie. Luca seized the moment and gave the Outlaws something to think about with a flurry of barnstorming runs, and grabbed a brace to put the Bulldogs in front after conceding earlier. The Bulldogs steadily began to play around the tiring Outlaws pack and was it not for a bizarre late Outlaws try, could have taken victory. A draw seemed fair and the Bulldogs had already learnt much about themselves. Barney stood up to the plate in the absence of Robbie to ensure that the Bulldogs kept their shape in attack and Luca was unstoppable going forward.
Second up, the Bulldogs faced Bolsover Bulls. This match-up will hopefully be one of many to come in the future with the Derbyshire outfit. With the Bulls taking loan of a couple of our players, the Bulldogs were once again grateful for the dominant running of Luca who grabbed a hat-trick of tries before half-time. The resilient Bulls never gave up and scored a brace of tries themselves. With Elliot and Barney grabbing short-range tries before the final whistle, the mood was positive as the Bulldogs came home 5 tries to 2.
The third assignment was easily the toughest with a game against NEW Ravens. Their lightening pace and excellent tackling meant that the Bulldogs were given a real rugby lesson! It was pleasing to note that the Bulldogs gave their best until the final whistle, nursing a host of knocks, bashes and scrapes.
As the festival ended a little earlier than anticipated, a quickly arranged game with Bolsover saw the Bulldogs and Bulls finish the day with a cracking mix-and-match game, played in excellent spirits.
A huge thanks to the volunteers at NEW Ravens and the Midlands Junior Rugby League for an excellent day and best wishes to Robbie for a speedy recovery!
Saturday 30th March 2019
The Bulldogs started their 2019 season with a positive morning at The Kennel against Immingham Wasps and Sheffield Warriors.
For some, this was a debut in the claret and amber shirts, whereas for others, it was an opportunity to continue their rugby league development for a second season.
The U7s enjoyed a game against mixed sides from the three clubs, and everyone seemed to have great fun. At U9s, there were impressive displays from all of the team, playing together for the first time in this configuration.
At U11s, arguably Bulldogs' strongest age group, 15 players represented the team and all took it in turns to play for the opposition also throughout the morning. A bruising set of encounters of this age group had rendered a number of Wasps and Warriors injured, but they gamely continued with a few Bulldogs loanees.
The morning began with an U12s game, with 4 Bulldogs U11s joining the fun in a mix and match game. The Bulldogs team (with a couple of Wasps loanees) recorded a comfortable victory, as did the Bulldogs U11s, but as the scores weren't the most important aspects of each game, it was important that the 70 or so players present learnt more about the game, and a bout themselves.
As ever, we greatly enjoyed hosting our friends from Sheffield and Immingham and we very much look forward to meeting up later in the season.
A healthy representation of players, coaches and supporters celebrated the inaugural season for the village Rugby League team, Bassetlaw Bulldogs RLFC, on Saturday 16th February.
Marking a wonderful year, and in anticipation for the soon to follow new season, awards were shared in a range of categories to mark some outstanding achievements. Presented by resident Rugby League commentator, Bill Arthur, children were complemented for their commitment, attitude and personal development as a result of a glittering experience during the course of 2018.
Numerous games, both home and away were punctuated by some other fantastic experiences for the players. A trip to Wembley in August saw them compete in a nationwide competition, along with a walk around the hallowed turf of Wembley just before the Challenge Cup Final. Many of you will have seen them walk out as mascots with the England national team at their recent International with New Zealand, live on the BBC, whilst a visit to an East Markham training session by a host of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats players was a highlight for many.
The club has had a superb start to its life, under the leadership of founder Phil Abbott and his band of eager volunteers. Reaching over 30 children last season, the club is hoping to top the 50 mark during 2019. The club is hoping to run age groups from U7 to U12 in the new season, and training gets underway on 2nd March at 9.30am. Children aged 5 and above are most welcome at this family orientated club.
Please contact Phil on 07957 790750 or look at the club website, www.bassetlawbulldogs.co.uk for more information.